Thursday, August 13, 2009

Granola Bars

This is the second recipe I've tried for granola bars and I think it is a keeper. Everyone loved them and consequently, they went rather fast.

Granola Bars
adapted from Alton Brown and the Food Network

2 c rolled oats
1/2 c raw sunflower seeds
1 c sliced almonds
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c honey
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 T unsalted butter
2 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
6 1/2 oz dried fruit (I used dried cherries...mmmm...but anything will do)

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds and wheat germ onto a jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with sides). Place in preheated 350 degrees oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, combine the honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved. Once the oats, et al, are done, add the oat mixture to the liquids. Decrease the oven temp to 300 degrees. Add the dried fruit to the oat mixture. Press mixture into a buttered 9 x 9" baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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